Title: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith
Author: Shaun Hume
Rating Out of 5: 2.5 (Readable, but not worth reading again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fantasy
Publisher: Popcorn and Rice Publishing
5th sentence, 74th page: Mathilde slid off her bed, neglecting to put her shoes or socks back on, and followed the upright Lady as she walked briskly, clop, clop, clop, down the corridor.
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.
This story is one that I would have loved when I was about twelve. It had action, fantasy, and a group of misfits that find their place in life. However, being just that little older, I did find it a little difficult to get through, after all, the writing was aimed at someone far younger than me, and it did feel a little less smooth. Honestly, that’s the only reason that I gave this story a lower score than I usually do, because while I enjoyed the storyline, I struggled a little bit with the language.
What I did love about this story though was the vivid descriptions. Not only of the characters, but also the surroundings. Every moment, I felt like I was really there with Ewan, Mathilde and Enid. The idea of going to a paranormal school, and the kinds of classes that can be learnt there are really interesting. It is such a nice mix when an author takes what we know of our everyday lives, and mixing it with the fantastical.
As a first book, this is really great – it takes our everyday experiences of coming of age and twists it onto its head. Who hasn’t felt like they don’t fit in and don’t count in some way or another? Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith helps to remind us all that we all have somewhere that we fit, and sometimes it’s just a matter of finding where that is in life.
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